How to Cut Grass

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A well-kept lawn gives your home curb appeal. There is more to lawn care than starting up the lawn mower and pushing it in rows across the grass. Learn to cut your grass properly to promote and sustain the life of your lawn.

Mowing Basics

  • Keep your lawn mower's blades sharp to produce a clean cut on the grass blade. Determine the type of grass or grasses you have and set your lawn mower's blade height accordingly (see Resources).

  • Remove about one-third of the top of the grass blade when you mow your lawn. Cutting the lawn too short reduces the grasses ability to make the food it needs for health and growth.

  • Cut the grass when it's dry, and make more than one pass over the lawn if it is necessary to remove more than one-third of the blade. You can damage or pull the blade of grass if you cut too much at one time.

  • Begin cutting in rows along the sides of the lawn and continue the pattern with straight rows. Go around your lawn's circular areas such as flowerbeds, and cut one or two rows in circles.

  • Blow the grass clippings into the area you already mowed, and leave them on the lawn to provide nitrogen to the soil. The clippings act as a natural fertilizer, help retain water and stimulate growth.

  • Alternate the mowing direction and pattern from one week to the next. Mow your lawn about once a week to encourage health and growth.

New Grass

  • Wait three or four weeks after germination for the new root system to establish before you mow.

  • Take caution when you mow the delicate new grass. Make sure the grass is not wet and don't walk on it any more than necessary.

  • Delay mowing new grass until it is about an inch longer than the height you would normally cut this type of grass. Only remove ½-inch the first two or three times.

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